On Friday night, Dec. 2, 2016, a fire erupted at the GhostShip warehouse in Oakland, ultimately claiming the lives of 36 people. The victims included artists in a multitude of disciplines, entrepreneurs, students, and teachers. All of them were passionate about supporting arts and culture.
Many of the fire victims were musicians, who, before their passing, had graced the world with recordings. This mixtape features 11 songs from these individuals as a way of remembering their talents, and celebrating their contributions to the world of music before their tragic passing.
To learn more about all of the fire victims, visit KQED Arts' full memorial page for a moving collection of remembrances.
There are many ways to support relief efforts connected to the fire. The Gray Area Foundation for the Arts is maintaining a Fire Relief Fund, and there’s also a relief effort by the Trans Assistance Project, as well as a number of individual online fundraising efforts for victims’ families. While many benefit concerts and other events have already taken place, countless others are scheduled and surely will continue to arise over the coming weeks.
Our hearts remain with everyone impacted by this tragedy.